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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Aug 6, 2019 6:14pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: Beta 'Related Songs' Oh come on!


"Before I draw nearer to that stone to which you point," said Scrooge, "answer me one question. Are these the shadows of the things that Will be, or are they Beta?"

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I wanted to give another example that may provide a further clue:

On each page in the George Blood wing of the 78 collection, there are multiple mp3s per digitized side. There are two mp3s for each of the various needles used, and there is a preferred version renamed to a friendlier file name (always the first item in the online player).

On the page for Decca's promotional release of Roberta Lee singing Why Darling Why, there are only four 'Covers' for the friendly-name preferred version, but the other eight versions show 50+ Covers (actually about 4.85 million results; similar to BNRToast's example above).

Also, the results of both the Bob & Ray and the Roberta Lee oversize 'Covers' searches, when sorted by relevance, are heavily weighted to The Live Music Archive.

Roberta Lee - Why Darling Why (Promotional Copy):
https://archive.org/details/78_why-darling-why_roberta-lee-hugo-peretti-luigi-creatore-herb-plattner-harold-mooney_gbia0029145a


One odd thing about the commercial release of this same song: While this IA page has a total of nine mp3s (eight digitizations and one 'friendly filename' version), it has only one row of 'Related Music', for the renamed preferred version (with four appropriate results).

Roberta Lee - Why Darling Why (Commercial Release)
https://archive.org/details/78_why-darling-why_roberta-lee-hugo-peretti-luigi-creaton-herb-plattner-harold-mooney_gbia0006197a

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I hope there's a helpful clue in here somewhere; if not, sorry.

This feature could be useful in some collections, the 78 collection for example, but it would be nice if it could at least be toggled 'Hide/Show', in a setting that would be maintained from page to page (similar to the 'Thumbnails/List' view setting for search results).